Awards and competitions

SANE Creative Awards Scheme – deadline extended to 17 July 2020

The SANE Creative Awards Scheme offers up to £300 to people with mental health conditions and their carers to help develop their creative potential. SANE is accepting applications for the visual arts, this includes all forms of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media and digital art. The awards might help meet the costs of materials or short courses.

The closing date for this round of awards has been extended to 17 July.

Further information and application forms can be found here.

Enter The Great Pottery Throw Down – deadline 3 May 2020

The Great Pottery Throw Down is returning and Love Productions are now looking for talented potters to apply to take part.
The team behind the show is closely observing government guidelines and will be filming the next series when the Covid-19 situation has improved and it is safe to do so. Application does not involve asking potential potters or any of the production team to travel.
Home potters over the age of 18 can apply here.

Applications are now open for the Shoreditch and Hoxton Art Fund! Deadline 1 August

As part of Hackney Council's culture strategy, they've set up a £300,000 fund to commission community arts projects that bring residents, businesses, and visitors to Shoreditch and Hoxton together.

They are aiming to fund projects in the Hoxton East and Shoreditch ward until 2022 - the first round of applications closes on Thursday 1 August. Projects must be match-funded through cash or resources, based around high quality physical or digital events or performances, and be co-created with the community. 

Wellcome Trust engagement fellowships – deadline 7 February 2019

Engagement Fellowships develop emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds so they can engage the public with health research.

The fellowships are open to a wide range of people, including (but not limited to):

Spirit of 2012 Music Challenge Fund winners

The Music Challenge Fund supports initiatives that bring disabled and non-disabled people together as equals through music to forge new social connections and improve their wellbeing

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Arts Grants Scheme – deadline 1 November 2018

RBKC is now accepting applications for grants of up to £3000 for projects starting on or after 1 December 2018.

Nominate for the Museums Change Lives Award – deadline 8 October 2018

This inaugural Museums Change Lives award will recognise a project in the past year that best reflects one or more of the themes of the Museum Association's Museums Change Lives campaign: Promoting Health and Wellbeing; Creating Better Places; and Inspiring Engagement, Reflection and Debate.

Nominate a museum under one of three categories: Best Museums Change Lives Project, the Local Hero Award and Best Small Museum Project. Or nominate an ndvdal under the Radical Changemaker Award.

Wellcome Photography Prize – deadline 17 December

The Wellcome Trust is inviting photographers and other image-makers from all disciplines to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize, which celebrates compelling imagery that captures stories of health, medicine and science. Previously the Wellcome Image Awards, the newly relaunched competition will reward pictures that show the importance of health in society and the impact health issues have on people and communities worldwide.

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Adam Reynolds memorial bursary – deadline 1 October 2018

The 2019 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB) is open for applications. ARMB is Shape Arts' flagship art award for disabled artists and includes a £10k bursary and three-month residency with Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

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Pringle Awards for art and poetry – deadline 17 September 2018

Mental health charity Mind is seeking nominations or submissions for the Bill Pringle award for visual art and the Bill Pringle award for poetry, based around the theme of ‘hope’. A £50 prize is offered for each. 

The visual art award accepts submissions and nominations of 2-dimensional work (paintings, photographs etc.) but not sculpture or other 3-dimensional forms.

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